Montgomery Business Journal

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October 2014


MONTGOMERY – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. shareholder Navan Ward Jr., was selected as a 2014 recipient of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Wiedemann & Wysocki Award.

The award is presented annually to lawyers who demonstrate a deep commitment to the highest standards and who are passionately committed to the principles of the civil justice system and the mission of AAJ – “to promote a fair and effective justice system and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.”

The Wiedemann Wysocki Award is named in honor of Fritz Wiedemann and James Anthony Wysocki, two New Orleans-based attorneys and active American Association for Justice members who died in a plane crash.

The law firm also had 17 attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America. The attorneys were the firm’s founding shareholder Jere L. Beasley as well as shareholders J. Greg Allen, Michael J. Crow, Thomas J. Methvin, J. Cole Portis, W. Daniel “Dee” Miles III, Andy D. Birchfield Jr., Rhon E. Jones, Benjamin E. Baker Jr., Julia Anne Beasley, LaBarron N. Boone, David B. Byrne III, R. Graham Esdale Jr., P. Leigh O’Dell, Roman A. Shaul, W. Roger Smith III and C. Gibson Vance.

Additionally, Methvin has been named the 2015 Montgomery Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” and Birchfield has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Montgomery Mass Tort Litigation/ lass Actions – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.



TROY – Troy University has been named among the best colleges and universities in the Southeast by The Princeton Review.

The designation marks the 10th year in a row Troy has been named to the list that includes only 648 colleges and universities nationwide and 139 colleges and universities in the 12-state southeastern region. These institutions represent about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

“The most important thing we do at Troy University is serve students,” Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. said in a statement. “The fact that we have been recognized every year for a decade is a reflection of this commitment to students.”

The designation is the result of a survey that asks students to rate their schools on several topics, including academics/administration, life at the school, their fellow students and themselves. Surveys are conducted on campuses and via The Princeton Review website.



MONTGOMERY – A Mini Flex Storage Operating Partner Eric Isaacson has been elected as vice president of the Alabama Self Storage Association.

He is the first in the Southeast to retrofit his two 152,000-square-foot Montgomery complexes entirely to LED lighting.



MONTGOMERY – The chair of the Alabama Capitol Chapter of the Service Corps of Resource Executives (SCORE) will be the new Alabama district director.

Earl Heath said he is looking forward to working with the Alabama SCORE chapters “to bring new insight to operational improvements and volunteer enjoyment.” He has been a SCORE mentor since 2002 and served three non-consecutive terms as chapter chair.

The Montgomery chapter is located at the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Resource Center at 600 S. Court St.



MONTGOMERY – Four Star Freightliner account manager Truman Ingram has been named one of 20 Elite Winners in the 2013-2014 Leland James Sales Achievement Program for the second straight year.

The Leland James Sales Achievement Program, named after the founder of Freightliner Trucks, recognizes the best sales representatives in the Freightliner dealer network.

“We are very proud of Truman’s accomplishments,” Jerry Kocan, Four Star Freightliner dealer principal, said in a statement. “His professional approach and desire to be the best at what he does makes him who he is. We are most proud that he has achieved this rare distinction two years in a row.”

Ingram has been with Four Star Freightliner since 2006.

The company, which has a network of dealerships and service centers, has five locations, including Montgomery.



MONTGOMERY – Welch Hornsby Investment Advisors consultant and shareholder Brian S. Mitchell has received the certified private wealth advisor (CPWA) designation.

The CPWA designation, delivered by Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), is the only advanced designation designed for financial advisers and consultants who work with high-net worth clients on the life cycle of wealth. It identifies those individuals who have met the experience requirements; and have successfully completed coursework in advanced wealth management strategies and applied concepts at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

They must pass a comprehensive examination covering the following areas: advanced tax planning, asset protection, executive compensation plans, stock options, tax-efficient portfolios, business planning, retirement planning, charitable planning and estate planning.

Mitchell has worked at Welch Hornsby since 1994 and is primarily responsible for advising high-net worth individuals and families.

Welch Hornsby, which has its headquarters in Montgomery and offices in Birmingham and Charlotte, N.C., is a registered investment advisory firm.



MONTGOMERY – The Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center had the top-ranked Renaissance spa out of 89 hotels.

Three of the top seven Renaissance Hotel spas are part of the Resort Collection along Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The Retirement Systems of Alabama, which has its headquarters in Montgomery, owns the Resort Collection and golf trail.

The two other Resort Collection spas were Battle House Hotel in Mobile (No. 4) and Ross Bridge in Birmingham (No. 7).



MONTGOMERY – The Jackson Clinic is open Friday nights during football season to assist with sports-related injuries.

Jackson Hospital Sports Medicine, Alabama Orthopaedic Specialists and Rehab Associates will have specialists available to examine and treat athletes at its Friday night sports clinic.

“When an athlete is injured during a game, they don’t need to wait to get help,” Charles Lee, director of sports medicine for Jackson Hospital, said in a statement. “We need to get these players treated quickly so they can start healing and get back in the game faster. This is just one part of our commitment to keeping athletes in the River Region healthy.” 

The Friday night clinic will be open from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. during football season. It is located at 1801 Pine St. in The Jackson Clinic Family Medicine Center on Jackson Hospital’s campus.



MONTGOMERY – Two musicals, two Shakespeare productions and three classics highlight the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s 2014-2015 season.

The new season features the Disney blockbuster, The Little Mermaid, A Christmas Carol, Always…Patsy Cline, Alice in Wonderland, The Importance of Being Earnest, King Lear and As You Like It.

“This is a season of transformation,” Geoffrey Sherman, producing artistic director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, said in a statement. “The characters in the plays all undergo an intense metamorphosis through the stories told on stage – some obvious like Scrooge’s redemption; Alice’s drinking from a bottle; Ariel’s transformation into a human girl; and others more nuanced as with King Lear’s fall from the noblest of monarchs to madman, or the madly entertaining machinations of the fellows who try to become “Earnest” to win their ladyloves.

“Then you have characters in Always…Patsy Cline and As You Like It who are forever changed by a meaningful relationship that alters the course of their lives. It’s the perfect season for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival at this time because we ourselves are transforming – drawing in larger audiences (and more visitors to Montgomery) with a varied selection of world-class theatrical productions.”

Previews for A Christmas Carol begin Nov. 23. Here the dates for when previews begin:

Always…Patsy Cline: Jan. 13

Alice in Wonderland: Jan. 24

The Importance of Being Earnest: Feb. 27

As You Like It: March 7

King Lear: April 10

The Little Mermaid: July 8

Memberships for the 2014-15 season are available. Subscribing members receive discounted tickets, flexible date choices, open seating options and waived fees.  Members may purchase tickets to all the productions (including The Little Mermaid) before the general public. Family subscriptions are available.

For information, visit or call the box office (334) 271-5353. The box office is open 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.



MONTGOMERY – The Auburn University at Montgomery Master of Public Administration (MPA) program has been reaccredited through 2021 by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

NASPAA accreditation is based on a peer-review process using rigorous standards for graduate education in public affairs. Accredited programs are recognized for their demonstrated commitment to excellence in public service education and their efforts to ensure students are prepared to be successful public service professionals. Auburn Montgomery’s MPA program was the first and is the longest-running NASPAA-accredited program in Alabama.

“NASPAA reaccreditation validates all that we have been working for to strengthen our MPA program,” Andrew Cortell, head of the AUM Department of Political Science and Public Administration, said in a statement. “Being in the state capital, Auburn Montgomery has a real competitive advantage in the state to draw from the knowledge of public administrators locally – whether as teachers or guest speakers, as students or as future professional colleagues.”

Auburn Montgomery’s MPA program, is a 36-credit hour program that can be completed in two years. Courses are offered at night and weekends.



MONTGOMERY – AUM Chancellor John G. Veres III has been named to the executive board of directors and the steering committee for the Alabama-Korea Education and Economic Partnership (A-KEEP).

In his role, Veres will help set short-term and long-term strategies for Alabama-Korea relations and build partnerships between Alabama and Korea.

“Dr. Veres is a pioneer in global initiatives and multicultural diversity education in Alabama beyond racial diversity,” Meesoon Han, president and executive director of A-KEEP, said in a statement. “He brought the Confucius Institute to Montgomery and is committed to nurturing and growing Korean industries in Alabama and leading AUM students to understand the Korean/Asian culture to prepare them for the 21st century’s global society.”

 A-KEEP was founded in 2011 as a partnership between the Alabama Department of Education and Korea’s Office of Education in the GyeongSangBuk-Do Province. The non-profit organization facilitates cultural exchange between Alabama and Korea and promotes understanding of Korean culture and history.

“It is an honor to serve A-KEEP and contribute to its efforts to strengthen Alabama’s ties with Korea and facilitate cultural understanding,” Veres said in a statement.

Veres is the first AUM alumnus to serve as chancellor of Auburn University at Montgomery. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from AUM and a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from Auburn University. He served as director of the AUM Center for Business and Economic Development and executive director of University Outreach before the Auburn Board of Trustees named him chancellor in 2006.



MONTGOMERY – Thomas J. Methvin has been named the 2014 River Region Citizen of the Year by March of Dimes.

Methvin, is the managing shareholder of the law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles. He was scheduled to be honored at a mid-October dinner, which is a fundraiser for March of Dimes. The annual event has raised more than $1.8 million for the organization, which funds medical research, community service programs as well as education and advocacy to prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.



MONTGOMERY – New York Life’s Montgomery general office is seeking to increase its field force with eight agent appointments this year. 

“The Montgomery general office has found success hiring individuals from various backgrounds, especially those seeking a career change,” Michael Hardin, managing partner of the Montgomery general office, said in a statement. “Our agents can customize their career path to match their personal goals whether that means enjoying a lifelong career as an agent or pursuing a career in management.”

The firm has 60-plus New York Life agents in the South Central Alabama and Northwest Florida areas.

For information, visit New York Life’s recruiting websites and

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